Time Flies

So I’ve been trying to think of something pressing to say about the sheep for a few days now, and nothing particular comes to mind.  I have several little statements about them, but none seem to justify a whole post.  So here are a few critical updates for all of you sheep lovers:

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This picture shamelessly stolen from my friend Dani

I saw my friends Dani and Marjorie for the first time since my wedding!  I went to Northampton, we had martinis, we wandered around for a day and then came up to VT where we spent some time petting sheep and goats.  They had to leave all too soon, but we’ll meet again with less than three years between next time!

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I am about to dye my white yarn, with the help of both my mother and the landowner of the farm where sheep live.  I’ve purchased three dye kits for multihued green, blue and red yarns.  My intention is to interchange colors to create my own custom multicolor yarns.  I have a plan for designing the color combinations, but you’ll just have to wait until the end of the month to see!  For now, you should buy any white yarn you want at my Etsy Store before it all gets multicolored!

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At this time last year, Lyndon the ram was busy “entertaining” my five ewes.  At Jake and Priscilla’s request and at the urging of several others, I did not breed in August for January lambing this year.  Instead, I will breed the ewes in December for May lambing.  As March is reserved for goats, I have to plan for early or late lambing.  Several factors make later lambing a better choice:

  • The ram lambs probably aren’t capable of fathering offspring yet.  They’re still small and immature.
  • I haven’t been able to get rid of Janet
  • Ewes will be eating the flush of pasture in May and will give more milk, though the lambs will miss out on May grazing for their own growth.
  • The ewe lambs will be a little larger and more mature when they lamb as yearlings-plus.
  • My lambs will not freeze at birth and will have more ears.  They will each have two, whole ears.

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As mentioned above, I have not yet successfully parted with Janet, my irritating Jumping Sheep.  Janet spent 24 hours at-large on Tuesday and Wednesday.  I was not amused.

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On the pickle front, my dear spouse is pickling and preserving away here in the farmhouse.  Jaska has shifted focus somewhat from producing pickles for sale towards homesteading for our own consumption.  What’s the use of making pickles and selling them in order that we could buy food at the store this winter when we could just preserve enough of the harvest to skip the middle step?  We’re also going to revisit the plan for the pickle part of this business this winter, when the workload calms down a little.

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Shirley, Ida and Agnes happily eat from my hand. The others look on at a safe distance